Saturday, June 30, 2012

My cousin Lucie, Dennis and Clarence
Lucie, Laurel Rose and Clarence

Boy has it been hot (110 degrees) almost impossible to go swimming unless you swim in the middle of the night.

Friday, June 29, 2012

Good Morning,
It got to 110 degrees here and I tried to get the cats in and they would not come in; I gave them an extra bowl of water out front (we have a bowl out back). We had plenty of food out for them all day. It cooled off pretty quick as the sun went down and that was good.
Mom was off yesterday and went to work this morning.
Yesterday afternoon my cousin Lucie and her husband Clarence dropped by to say hello; they are staying at a Bed 'N Breakfast here in town ( we had a room for them but they insisted).
They are having a great time traveling across the United States in their car; next stop for them is to visit Gene and his daughter in Missouri.

Thursday, June 28, 2012


I worked for the United States Federal Government and I earned my retirement and health care.
In  - 1977-78
 I worked 12 hours a day 7 days a week for 3 months in this ice.
Don't come out with bull crap propaganda like the card above.

Click on image. to read about it.

The Affordable Care Act is the law of the land.
Click on the link and it will tell you how you can plan your future.
Today I relax; no work.We have blue skies on our way to over 100 degrees.

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Clarence and Lucie Jenkins. Lucie is my aunt Lucy's (my dad's sister) daughter.
I seem to be hung over this morning. It could be dust, dander, fumes or just too much coffee. I cleaned house yesterday and I raised a lot of dust.
It is very nice and dry outside this morning; we are in a midst of a drought. The birds are at our feeders like bears to honey.
I am going to rest a bit more before tackling any more chores this morning; this morning it is the kitchen and then me. I looked in the mirror and I looked like Nick Nolte on a bad day.

Tuesday, June 26, 2012


I am of Latin Descent where my grandparents came via Texas and California (Old Mexico).

I was always in the place of mind that the border between Mexico and the United States did not apply to those folks born in Old Mexico.

 In my mind as I was growing up in California was that the border was for the United States Citizen and not folks of Mexican American descent.
I can understand the fuss today as drug cartels are stepping into the limelight and setting foot where ever they please through force.
How do you deal with them without stepping on my foot? I guess you go undercover into Old Mexico.

Monday, June 25, 2012

Liberal vs Conservative and McDomains

Monday morning and I feel fine; mom is getting ready for work and is just about ready to walk out the door; she works till noon today.
I will start working on my power washer this morning and try to get it going.
It looks cool outside but I think it we will be hot.
I was watching a conservative program on women that were college age and they seemed confused. They had  a women's freedom but their conservative leaders at the conference wanted them to go back to being,  "a mans toy" of the 1950's. What a mix-up? What confusion? You can not give them freedom from birth then take it away.
Maybe in twenty years when children know no freedom they can be a man's toy and follow him blindly but not today.
I also saw a young man who had attended one of the military academy's say that the liberals hated conservatives. I am liberal and I do not condone the destruction of the planet but I am balanced as the way I live in this society. I am willing to talk at any time with a conservative mind set as to the ways to live on the planet. But you can not let people or corporations ruin the planet for profit as they did in the 1950's. We changed for the better and it was costly as the tools to clean the air and water cost money. Now you want to go back (as in moving the jobs to China) to where there is no law against pollution.
This morning I will weed eat with out string trimmer.

Love and Labor

The quite still world. The leaves move. Being by being, walking hand in hand, at peace. The colors and sounds of their existence are there. Walking on the earth, feeling good about the world.

What more is there?

Our eyes are there to see.

Complexity, one million more beings are there, not seen, but there.

The quite still world. The leaves move. Being by being, walking hand in hand, at peace. The colors and sounds of their existence are there. Walking on the earth, feeling good about the world.

What more is there?

Somewhere between standing in the woods without a stitch and driving through the streets of an industrial habitat, I stand. Frowned on by some and admired by others. Where I stand is not important, to be seen by others is important to me. My ego demands some acknowledgment otherwise the soft wet sand that I am standing in will sink. I think that we all stand in the wet sand at some point in our lives. To see and to see them is important, never forgetting the paths that we have walked. Saying hello to the new found day and its passengers.

What more is there?

Our eyes are there to see, we all see injustice at the same time.

Somewhere between working for the love of god and slave labor I stand. History has brought us from slavery to a decent wage for a working being. History has always had the rulers and the working classes.

The rulers have always wanted slave labor to enhance their state of affairs. The poor worker has wanted a fair existence.

Big business and labor are divided as we speak. Big business is seeking less wages for the working class, while the working class is lost in the red tape of the lawyer speak.

“What can we do? We have to work? It will work out soon?

Reaganomics has taught our children the evils of the “Big Boss Labor Unions”. So when they go to work they rise because of skill and knowledge and the poor working class is left behind to labor for the right to have a job. “That's all I could get”?

So our world is divided into two classes “The haves and the have-nots”. Each country on this planet divides their haves and their have-nots. Some countries have labor standards, some do not. The rulers prefer no labor standards at all. The working class wishes for any standard. That standard that employers love seems to be close to what McDomains and WalSmart pay for labor. Their standard is the part time employee.

What do we do? Work for the love of god? Happy to be on this earth, working, a being amongst the beauty of lifes treasures. Or do we take up arms and demand Anarchy, plowing up the fields, bulldozing them like our lost cabins, with blood from our families and friends.

I stand somewhere in the middle, demanding a fare wage and loving the earth and its beings.

I stand somewhere between wanting to be paid for what I write or giving my work to god and our planet, writing for the good of mankind or writing for profit.

There is something beneficial in libraries and now our internet. A person can read about the struggles this world has had with the ruling classes.

What more is there?

The (39) hour week seems to fit just right with our rulers.

Part-time labor has no rights.

Part-time labor is too young or too old to complain.

Reaganomics, the end of the social heart.

Sunday, June 24, 2012

I got up this morning worn out from cranking and cranking my power washer; I got it started but when I put a load on it it quit. I think it sucked something into an orifice on the carburetor. So I will keep cranking until it runs again and maybe it will burn the trash out; otherwise it goes to the shop.
Mom went swimming this morning and did everything I normally do to clean the pool. I will have to replace the heavy mil cover with a lighter mil cover so she can remove it easily. I was exhausted and too salty to swim.
It is a very nice Sun Day in Western Kentucky on the planet Earth. Blue skies and hot with a little humidity from our pool. The Western Kentucky climate is arid today, which is not normal.
We had to buy Loretta (our not to bright cat; too many bad luck excursion into our trash cans have ruined her mind) some white play toys which we place near our trash cans; it seems to work as they distract her from tipping our trash cans and rummaging in them.

Friday, June 22, 2012

I am having a hard time starting my power washer, it was always hard to start but it is getting harder. I have spent the morning cranking the engine and it is getting warm but not continuing to run when it starts, it has no choke or throttle it just works on pressure like a two cycle.

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Good morning,

My pool solar heater platform is ready to power wash and then a coat of sealer.
Mom is off today and feeling much better; I am feeling good also.
Today is the first day of Summer and it is going to be a scorcher outside.
It is a good thing we have a pool to cool off in.

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Good Morning,
Went out after mom left for work. I sat while the cats ate and the birds flew by; it is very nice outside this morning in the 70's.
I will continue clearing and cleaning under my solar platform. I then will power wash it and put some sealer on it this week.
Mom felt good this morning, I am fine, no flash backs.

Monday, June 18, 2012

Monday Morning,
The weather folks said it is going to get hot today; our pool is 86 degrees and I do think that is about right so the cover comes off today.
Today I clean out from under our solar heater, clear off the platform and then seal it; this may take a good deal of time as the weather heats up this week; I can not leave the hoses, pots and pipes out on the lawn for more than 3 days.
I feel good this morning and it was an excellent Fathers Day here in Kentucky. I took the day off yesterday and enjoyed the day.
Mom went to work with her remaining feelings of her past cold; I told to take the day off at work (ease up a bit and enjoy the day at work); mom is a people person; a walking public relations individual; she can walk you out the door by kindly calling you an idiot and you actually enjoy the pleasure of her company and wonder how you are outside looking in; the lady has talent.
I cleared and  weeded out under the solar platform this morning. I will go out and rake up all the debris into a trash can (some plastic shreds).
What eats plastic? Common Ivy, English Ivy and Pestalotiopsis microspora.
I am done for the day; I still have quite a bit to do; mom will be home soon.
Sunday Morning,
We have a wild black tom cat that decided to terrorize the cats that live here. He lives in the neighborhood and finds that we feed a little more regularly than his home.
Mom is off today and is feeling better but still is congested which may pose a problem in the near future. She is in the kitchen cleaning up.
I am a tool and nut and bolt collector; tools are expensive but removing nuts and bolts from old appliances is cheap. Mom saves cats, receipts and magazines.
I feel good this morning and I did not catch much of mom's cold; I caught a little but I used it make antibiotics.
It looks like rain outside this morning.

Saturday, June 16, 2012

I am up early with a sore throat. Mom is sleeping and hopefully she is better; yesterday she worked a little but I stopped her and she rested the rest of the day. I think she will be better.
It is 70 degrees outside at the moment and that is a new milestone as our pool will heat up quickly. Very strange because everyone has a cold and not going in the pool. I am going in the pool today because it needs to be cleaned and shocked.
I think our day will be sunny. I picked the beans yesterday and they had been on the vine too long as they were not edible (hard and leathery). Our tomatoes are getting bigger but still not turning; our normal high heat/high humidity is not here and that is what our tomatoes thrive on.
This sore throat is annoying.
Setting my first posts in stone in my garden; all the other posts are temporary. I will have to buy stone or concrete to set any more posts or just set them in dirt; I will do that.
I just came in to rest a bit.
The post is set in stone and it is warm out, time to clean the pool.

Friday, June 15, 2012

Mom feels better today and is ready to work. I think she should rest more and fool her self into thinking everything thing is just great.
We are going out and have a cup of tea and watch the planet earth.

I asked mom (70 year old grandma) to stay home from work so her body could recover from a cold she caught at work. She did nothing but watch TV yesterday and take medicine(the same thing as in hospital bed). The doctor said that grandma should rest. Her mind says she needs to work to pay bills. That is our State of our Union. 

This is where grandma should be, not at Walmart working.

Thursday, June 14, 2012

The Walmart Mentality or just good business.

My wife went to work sick yesterday; she felt that they needed her and they gave her the same impression; she is a very good worker; well that time at work was a mistake on her part because today she is very sick.
I now realize that Walmart does not care; if they did they would not have asked her to take off work and take some sick leave with pay.
While I worked for the Federal Government at the Lock and Dam they supplied us with sick leave so that we could take off work when we were sick.
I can assume and I sure I am correct that if mom cannot go in because of her health she can be replaced easily because her labor is cheap.
A lead man (mate) on a towboat (riverboat) told me, “He did not care if somebody got hurt on the job because he pushed them hard.”  He said, “The boat is the most important object and that if someone got hurt he could go down to skid row and get another body.” And that mentality is good business. 
I personally think she should tell them to get f (!@#$)  and come home and work with me.
Mom is going to the doctor because she is really sick this morning; she may end up with pneumonia.
I grew up with my grandmother (Rebecca's mom) and she had a warm and forgiving heart; my aunt Lucy (Dad's sister) was the same and would give you the shirt off her back even if she was cold. My daughter Allison is the same way.
I feel good this morning, mentally I am fine.
I may get a long PVC pipe for my garden today.

"One of the many beliefs of Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., Respect For The Individual, has been central to our success. One way Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. shows respect for the individual is through the many benefits offered to Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. associates."

The folks in Bentonville, Arkansas got to get their (!@#$/act together and help all the grandmas pay the rent and give them some sick leave when they are not feeling well.

Click here.

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

They say America's Farmers are getting too much money from the United States Federal Government. You hear everyone calling for less regulation and for the government to mind their own business.
Do you know anything about what happened in the 1930's in what is called the Dust Bowl?
The Federal government pays farmers to rotate crops and has an extensive program to keep America's Farmlands green. It is called soil conservation and the Natural Resources Conservation Service does the job of making sure that farmers follow these procedures. The best way to protect the farm lands of America is to pay the farmers. Do you think that farmers would follow these guidelines on their own?
Good reading about the minds of farmers is the book The Grapes of Wrath by John Stienbeck; the movie is also as visual as the book.
My dad worked for The Civilian Conservation Corps after high school  to solve a lot of the problems of the land in the 1930-40's.
Today we have an unemployment problem and our United States President has a plan to solve that but the Congress will not approve it because our President is Black. We certainly would not want a black man to stand in Abraham Lincoln's Shoes. They would rather go back to this below than elect a black man to a second term as United States President.

McConnell's "Single Most Important" goal: Defeat Obama

Monday, June 11, 2012

Farm Aid: Family farmers, good food, a better America

Farm Aid features the best that music has to offer, while remaining true to its ultimate mission.

26 years of great music, supporting farmers, and strengthening America

Willie Nelson, Neil Young and John Mellencamp organized the first Farm Aid concert in 1985 to raise awareness about the loss of family farms and to raise funds to keep farm families on their land. Dave Matthews joined the Farm Aid Board of Directors in 2001. Farm Aid has raised more than $39 million to promote a strong and resilient family farm system of agriculture. Farm Aid is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to keep family farmers on their land. Farm Aid accomplishes this mission by:

Promoting Food from Family Farms

We know that to keep family farmers on the land we have to increase the number of people buying their good food. From our annual concert event that features family farm food and unites farmers, artists, and concerned citizens, to our inspiring and informative tv, radio, mail and web campaigns (including our website), we are building a powerful movement for good food from family farms.

Growing the Good Food Movement

In order for family farmers to thrive we have to create more markets for them, giving more people the opportunity to access family farm food. Farm Aid fosters connections between farmers and eaters by growing and strengthening local and regional markets and working to get family farm food in urban neighborhoods, grocery stores, restaurants, schools and other public institutions.

Helping Farmers Thrive

For 26 years, Farm Aid has answered 1-800-FARM-AID to provide immediate and effective support services to farm families in crisis. Now Farm Aid's online Farmer Resource Network connects farmers to an extensive network of organizations across the country that help farmers find the resources they need to access new markets, transition to more sustainable and profitable farming practices, and survive natural disasters.

Taking Action to Change the System

Farm Aid works with local, regional and national organizations to promote fair farm policies and grassroots organizing campaigns designed to defend and bolster family farm-centered agriculture. We've worked side-by-side with farmers to protest factory farms and inform farmers and eaters about issues like genetically modified food and growth hormones. By strengthening the voices of family farmers, Farm Aid stands up for the most resourceful, heroic Americans—the family farmers who work the land. Farm Aid's Action Center allows concerned citizens to become advocates for farm policy change.

Sunday, June 10, 2012

This morning we both will relax.
I am a little sore and mom has a heel that was giving her fits last night.
I will listen to music, relax and sleep.
I just came inside and while out there I placed words on paper; the words were the colors of the day; the movements of the day, the shapes of the day, the animals of the day, the machines of the day, the textures of the day.
I did note that it was peaceful out there though some of the birds and cats were skittish as though some bird had lost his or her life or some Pecking order was prevalent before my arrival.
I write all the time, my words are never great or profound they are simply words on paper or computer screens.
Mom is still asleep. I think she got up in the middle of the night and was at her computer. She pays bills there, writes letters, reads all her blogs, emails and online newspapers and plays games.
I tend to my websites, read the mail, glance at headlines, jot down words and follow folks on Faces and see photos.
While sitting outside the air conditioner came on and just quit (as in a spike) and just sitting here just now we had a spike (power went off and on quickly).

Saturday, June 9, 2012

I have been outside all morning; I re-filled all the bird-feeders and added some peanut butter to the suet trays.
After my second cup of coffee I am going to put up Mom's Venetian blinds since I did not do it yesterday. I will also cat trim them so the cats do not do that themselves (I do a better job and they last longer that way).
The Blinds are up and I put up a shelf for mom's electronic calendar. The Calendar has a 6 minute Screen Saver, it turns black after that time for privacy. Just a movement of the calendar mouse and the screen lights up as shown. There is an edit input for any day of the year. A paper calendar with birds is adjacent as is the correct time.
Mom's Electronic Calendar

The other day I hooked up my desktop to my TV Monitor (All TV's  today are Monitors):
 1. One signal (input) I have a HDMI hookup to our satellite dish and
 2. Another hookup I have a PC input (rgb pc cable to my Desktop); both work great.

Friday, June 8, 2012

Good Morning,
I worked on my brush pile and shredded a pile of limbs and placed the shredded debris around mom's tire planting.
Today I will hoe in the garden and use the rototiller in the garden paths. Mom says she wants to replant one of the plants she planted 3 weeks ago, so we will do that when mom gets home.
This morning I will hang a Venetian blind mom bought yesterday and trim it for cat access, that seems to work (the cats destroyed her old Venetian blind).
I feel fine this morning.
The pool is slowly heating as the days have been abnormally cool. After rototilling the garden I may get in the pool and clean it.

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Our cats have learned to play with Weebles, hair bands and to adjust the margarine 
on my toast in the mornings.

4G: There is no 4G service in our area.

Good Morning,
I feel good and a little tired; I washed clothes, mowed the yard, picked up limbs and staked our tomatoes yesterday. Today I plan to work on our brush pile and if the pool is warm enough to jump in.
I had to come back in to sharpen my pruning shears.

4G is advertised on TV, mailers by AT&T (who offer a free phone), mailers by Sprint, mailers by Verizon (who offer us two free phones). Most folks buy those phones but there is no 4G service in our area. Our WIFI service on Main Street does not work (a city service) and when you try to contact anyone you get a phone operator in India.
There is no 4G sevice in our Area
The whole idea is for you to pay high costs for what ever service you get (profit for industry) and if your service is not good (call India) you are stuck and under contract.

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Kitten Yarn

Good Morning,
I am sleepy and tired; my day yesterday was extremely active with chores and a little work on my links pages. Folks are responding to my links since they promote organic life styles and the future of the planet earth.
I am about ready to go out and mow the lawn; I like the dew to be off the lawn when I mow in the mornings, so I normally wait until after 0900 in the mornings. After mowing I will stake my tomatoes with my new stakes.
At the moment I will have a cup of coffee while my shirts/trousers are in the washing machine.

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Things you should know before leaving home.

1.Back in 1958 when I was in NAVAL Boot Camp in San Diego, California. Our Company Commander came up to me and said, "Your sick! Report to sick bay!" I reported to sick bay and they said that I had bronchitis and could not finish boot camp until it was cleared up. They gave me shots in my rear and laid me over a bed so that my hips were on the bed but my shoulders and head were hanging over into a paper sack in a trash can. I coughed and spit up gobs of goo from my lungs. I did this daily until it cleared up and the doctors felt I was fine. I was released from sick bay a week after my arrival and placed in another company after another week.
I did my tour of duty in the military and was released before the date of my 21st birthday ( kiddie cruise, go in before you are 18 and get out the day before you turn 21). I went home to La Puente but could not handle the smog because it burned my eyes so I went to San Jose where I had a friend who I had met in the Navy.
California air today is much cleaner than when I grew up in the San Gabriel Valley at the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains (1941-1958).
2. That you are a human being on the planet earth and anarchy is the wild law of the land.
3. That laws (10 commandments, Do not drive under the influence, etc.) are created so that we do not kill or endanger another human being.
4. Work is social and for the benefit of humanity and not necessarily normal to work more than an hour; work should only benefit society as a whole.
5. Buying insurance is gambling.
6. Bowing to idols is normal behavior for folks that have seen the sun.
7. Realizing that some folks prey on others.
8. That we have enslaved all animals and our surroundings.
9. That it OK to love at any age but that social law prevents us.

It does not seem like Tuesday; mentally my mind is at the end of the week.
Mom and I went to the show yesterday and saw a "3D" movie. It was called, "Men in Black III" and it was fun to watch in 3D. The glasses annoyed me and I thought maybe by the end of 45 minutes of 3D I would have an upset lifestyle but no everything moved smoothly and it as not annoying.
I looked for some sturdy wooden tomato stakes in Paducah and all they had was junk so I got some plastic coated tin stakes.
Mom stopped at a Panera Bakery on the way home. It was OK and good but so is Mc Donalds sometimes.

Little Brother doing his routine.

This is Little Sister's first scratch cake; using her brain and thoughts to create a recipe and then following through to create this beauty.

Monday, June 4, 2012

We had company over the weekend and we went swimming in cool........(Yipes!) water 74-76 degrees. Our grandson wanted to go in so we made an effort to comply; we had told him that we would have a pool party on his birthday and combine his birthday with his mom's and have a pool party.
I have swam in cool sea water before the advent of  "Wet Suits" in Los Angeles, California  so it was not a problem.
           Grandson and Grandpa

Father and Son

Saturday, June 2, 2012

Or: "I spent four lonely days in a brown L. A. haze"

Good Morning,
I should not be so happy, I should be out hunting for food.
Anyway I awoke with a thought in my mind, which was, "Do you have Prince Albert in a can?" or, "I spent four lonely days in a brown L. A. haze."
I am not going to explain other than the fact that we as human beings on this planet earth have been exposed to propaganda/or a repeated wives tale via history.
There is an article below that explains that our children are not fed berries, grasses and leftover bones of Dinosaurs or as history says," A well balanced diet.!" but prepared slop via the grocery store. It is not a New York Fish Market or Country Vegetable Stand; even if I bought only vegetables from our store they would not be fit for human consumption. I not to go into what is waxed or sprayed, inbred or forced fed but just say that society as we saw after the Second World War is not here.
Our grandson wants a Totino's pizza for his birthday.
I feel good this morning.

Friday, June 1, 2012

Good Morning,
I am tired from an active day yesterday; I have a sore throat and it may be a problem of age or maybe just the cat dander.
Mom needs her hearing tested and I need my throat checked; we will have to call Ear, Nose and Throat Specialist and make an appointment.

Spacecraft: SpaceX Dragon
Launch Vehicle: SpaceX Falcon 9
Launch Date: May 22
Launch Time: 3:44 a.m. EDT
Launch Site: Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla.
This mission is a demonstration flight by Space Exploration Technologies, or SpaceX, as part of its contract with NASA to have private companies launch cargo safely to the International Space Station.

› Mission Objectives (PDF 96 Kb)
Mission Overview (PDF 97 Kb)

SpaceX Dragon cargo vehicleImage above: The SpaceX Dragon cargo vehicle floats in the Pacific Ocean after splashdown. Credit: SpaceX